The Global Oncology Program hosts monthly lectures featuring experts on cancer and other diseases that have worldwide impact. Lectures are typically held the fourth Monday of the month at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Mark Parascandola, PhD, MPH
Chief, Research and Training Branch, Center for Global Health
National Cancer Institute
Mark Parascandola, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Acting Branch Chief for Research and Training in the Center for Global Health and a Program Director in the Tobacco Control Research Branch, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He received his Doctorate in Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University and his Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Parascandola also completed an NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship. He has authored numerous published articles on tobacco use prevention, tobacco control policy, and epidemiologic research methodology. He served as an editor for the NCI/WHO report The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control (2016), the NCI/CDC report Smokeless Tobacco and Public Health: A Global Perspective (2014), and the two-volume encyclopedia Tobacco: Its History and Culture (2005). As a Program Director at NCI, Dr. Parascandola currently oversees a research portfolio with a focus on global tobacco control, smokeless tobacco use, and implementation science. Dr. Parascandola has served as an Embassy Science Fellow and expert advisor on tobacco control, air pollution and health at the U.S. Embassies in Beijing, China, and Warsaw, Poland.
Presenting: The Evolving Global Tobacco Epidemic
While tobacco use is declining in most high-income countries, the burden is shifting to low- and middle-income countries where over 80% of tobacco users now reside. Smoking prevalence remains comparatively low in some regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa, but is projected to increase with increased economic development and tobacco industry marketing. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) has provided a legal mechanism to advance evidence-based tobacco control policies in countries around the world. However, implementation of the FCTC remains far from complete. The global tobacco epidemic continues to pose a critical public health challenge in the face of changing circumstances, including the introduction of e-cigarettes and the COVID pandemic.
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